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Hashimoto's

The Number One Thyroid Disorder In The U.S.

90% of Thyroid Disorders In The US Are The Autoimmune Disorder Hashimoto's

Treating Hashimoto's with Thyroid Hormone Only is Like Putting Water Into a Bucket With Holes

Hashimoto's is often not diagnosed and when it is it isn't properly treated. This leads to worse thyroid destruction as well as the development or worsening of other health issues

"A word of caution if you're currently using any dietary supplements..."
Scientific studies have found that there are hundreds of natural substances that can stimulate your immune system, or suppress your immune system. Some substances stimulate TH-1, while others stimulate TH-2.
Taking herbs and supplements without the proper immune system testing is playing Russian Roulette with bullets in all 6 chambers of the gun.
A substance that produces a beneficial effect in one Hashimoto's patient may cause disastrous results in another. There is no way to know what will happen unless the immune system has been "dissected" with the correct tests.

Many people, even while taking thyroid medicine and may even have normal labs still suffer with these low thyroid symptoms:
  • Tired, Sluggish
  • Can't lose weight even with exercise
  • Feel cold in hands, feet, or all over
  • Require excessive amounts of sleep to function properly
  • Increase in weight gain even with low-calorie diet
  • Gain weight easily
  • Difficult, infrequent bowel movements
  • Depression, lack of motivation
  • Morning headaches that wear off as the day progresses
  • Outer third of the eyebrow thins
  • Thinning of the hair on scalp, face or genitals or excessive falling hair
  • Dryness of skin and/or scalp
  • Mental sluggishness
  • Nervous and emotional
  • Insomnia
  • Night sweats
  • Infertility
  • Hypoglycemia / Low Blood Sugar
  • Constipation
  • Problems with Balance and Coordination 

"Let me explain why thyroid replacement hormones are completely ineffective for 90% of woman taking them..."  Worldwide the number one cause of low thyroid function is iodine deficiency, but iodine deficiency is NOT the number one cause in the United States. (Iodine can make the condition worse) In the United States, the number one cause of low thyroid is Hashimoto's Autoimmune Thyroid. Hashimoto's is an autoimmune attack against thyroid cells, meaning your body's immune system is targeting and killing your own thyroid tissue. Although Hashimoto's can temporarily cause symptoms of hyperthyroidism, there is a slow gradual attack against the thyroid. This attack eventually leads to the loss of enough thyroid cells and function that it looks like "primary" hypothyroidism. When the thyroid does not work adequately, in this case because the cells are being destroyed the pituitary gland (in your brain) increases the production of TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) as an attempt to increase thyroid gland activity. Over time people with Autoimmune Thyroid start to develop the symptoms of low thyroid function which will prompt them to have their thyroid checked by their medical doctor. When the TSH is measured it will usually be found to be increased, indicating low thyroid function--but missing the autoimmune cause of the "low" thyroid. They are then typically diagnosed as having primary hypothyroidism. They are then placed on thyroid replacement hormone...for the rest of their life.This does nothing to correct the autoimmune cause

All Autoimmune thyroid sufferers start with some sort of genetic susceptibility that predisposes them to the disorder. At some point the genes for the disease "turn on" like flipping a light switch, and the destructive immune attack against thyroid tissue begins. Possible triggers that are known to "turn on" autoimmune attacks in general are:
  1. Environmental Compounds - things like heavy metals, pesticides, etc.
  2. Hormone Imbalances
  3. Chemical Exposures
  4. Stress Responses
  5. Antigen Responses
Any number or combination of these factors combined with some genetic susceptibility can "turn on" the autoimmune response and lead to the slow gradual destruction of your thyroid cells by your own immune system. Most importantly we must understand that once these genes turn on we have no way of completely turning it off. Don't panic

We have the expertise to find the triggers and the immune imbalance though the proper testing. Putting this information together with your history we can develop a comprehensive, effective treatment plan

I examine the Hashimoto's victim like a good detective: detailed, comprehensive and persistent. I use a battery of sophisticated lab tests that tell me what is wrong and what needs to be done to fix it.I start with a comprehensive thyroid panel (not just TSH and Total T4), including thyroid antibodies, to uncover the exact source of the thyroid problem. There are over 20 different ways the thyroid hormone system can go wrong-- but the Autoimmune mechanism is the most common.

I then use the appropriate lab tests to analyze:

  • Blood sugar imbalances
  • Sensitivity to food proteins
  • Hidden Gastrointestinal parasites, yeast overgrowths and bacterial infections
  • Hormone balance: estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, FSH, LH
  • Anemia patterns (iron, B12, folic acid, B6, hemolytic...)
  • Adrenal gland malfunction (bad adrenal function = fatigue and worse immune system

All of these factors have a hand in thyroid hormone function and I leave no stone unturned in determining the exact source of your thyroid problem--and there may be more than one!

Call us and get started on a plan that evaluates and treats the real cause of your Hashimoto's.